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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
please
I.interjection
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an attractive/handsome/pleasing etc appearance
▪ Large blue eyes set in a long thin face give him a striking and attractive appearance.
be pleased to hear
▪ She’ll be pleased to hear that she can leave hospital tomorrow.
eager to please
▪ She’s a very hard worker and very eager to please.
nice/pleased to meet you (=used to greet someone politely when you have just met them for the first time)
▪ ‘This is my niece, Sarah.’ ‘Pleased to meet you.’
please find enclosed (=used in business letters to say that you are sending something with a letter)
▪ Please find enclosed an agenda for the meeting.
please give generously
▪ The situation is now desperate, so please give generously.
Yes, please
▪ ‘Would you like a sandwich?’ ‘Yes, please.’
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(I'm) pleased to meet you
▪ A forty-year-old actor with great presence warmly shakes William's hand Male lead Pleased to meet you.
▪ However, Mrs Singh was pleased to meet her and generally liked all the teachers and what she saw.
▪ I am so pleased to meet you.
▪ We would be very pleased to meet you and feel sure that we can offer you an interesting and worthwhile programme.
as pleased as Punch
as pleased as punch
▪ He's as pleased as punch about the baby.
▪ He had landed a contract as pleased as Punch, and I made a feast for his friends.
▪ He was a strong, healthy lad and as pleased as punch to be working with Dad.
be glad/delighted/pleased etc to see the back of sb/sth
be glad/pleased etc to see the back of sb/sth
be only too glad/pleased to do sth
▪ Cliff is only too pleased to prepare a celebratory meal for any special occasion.
▪ I was only too glad to help.
▪ If none is required, they will be only too pleased to tell you.
▪ She was only too glad to have even this talk bouncing against walls that had become a tomb.
▪ The governments were only too pleased to oblige.
▪ The Library would be only too pleased to explore further suggestions along similar lines. 13.4.
▪ They know the way that the wind is blowing, and would be only too pleased to be redeployed into another trade.
▪ We would be only too pleased to provide information on the Association.
couldn't be better/worse/more pleased etc
next (please)
▪ His freestyle looked soft and gentle next to all the churning power strokers.
▪ If you do this for the next ten years you will have achieved 360 of your goals.
▪ It is definitely suited to family skiing as is Valmorel, the next resort we visited.
▪ Once off you walk over the mountains to the next town, and over again to another.
▪ Other works of reference are discussed in the next section.
▪ Our next bulletin is at 10.30 p.m.
▪ The next sweeps period is even worse.
pleased to help/assist
▪ If you do not understand the details enclosed please contact the Finance Department where the staff will be pleased to assist.
▪ NatWest understands your needs and is pleased to help.
▪ Our group bookings specialists are always pleased to assist the discerning traveller who requires quality, service and value second to none.
▪ There will always be some one who will be only too pleased to help.
▪ They will be pleased to help and advise you.
▪ They will be pleased to help and so will the suppliers listed, including, of course, myself.
▪ They will be pleased to help you with specific questions and will give you as much general information as they can.
▪ Whatever the size of your kitchen, our talented designers will be pleased to help you plan it.
pleased with yourself
▪ After deceiving us all like that, she went away, no doubt very pleased with herself.
▪ I had made a big profit on the deal and was feeling inordinately pleased with myself.
▪ Selina looks awfully pleased with herself.
▪ Feeling pleased with herself, Loretta went back to her office.
▪ He hurried out exceedingly pleased with himself and enjoying the prospect of what promised to be a very good wrestling match.
▪ He just patted his pocket and grinned, looking awfully smug and pleased with himself.
▪ Robert the next day seemed urbane, sure of himself, even, she thought, pleased with himself.
▪ She was pleased with herself and her own calm style.
▪ Then he looked down, seemed pleased with himself, unembarrassed.
▪ This made me feel rather pleased with myself.
▪ You are pleased with yourself for venturing, testing your mettle.
surprised/angry/pleased etc isn't the word for it
you will be delighted/pleased etc to know (that)
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "Would you like some more wine?" "Yes, please."
Please feel free to ask questions at any time.
▪ Could I please borrow the car?
▪ Paige, sit down, please.
▪ Two pancakes for me, please.
▪ Would you please hurry up - we're going to be late.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
particularly
▪ The motion had particularly pleased Mobuto who was desperate to bring Zimbala back into world affairs.
▪ The harp, an instrument Britten favored, proved particularly pleasing, its celestial tones foreshadowing Billy's dire end.
▪ Adrian Garvey and Mark Andrews seemed particularly pleased to have their names read out.
▪ The applause in the auditorium was loud and long, and the members of the Working Groups were particularly pleased.
▪ He seemed particularly pleased with himself.
▪ This particularly pleased the young officers who always favored a firm policy, whatever it might be.
▪ It renders a particularly pleasing quality to quail, squab, and pheasant.
so
▪ And I am so pleased, Verence, to see your essential modern attitude.
▪ This myth, which so pleased the masters, did not find acceptance among slaves.
▪ Service, please So much for client care!
▪ However, research teams are so pleased with the results of science experiments that they asked managers for a new two-day extension.
So PLEASE readers, this must go no further.
▪ I was so pleased to get my first client.
▪ She hadn't felt so pleased by anything in a long time.
▪ She told me, she never saw a man so pleased by a glass of wine.
very
▪ I actually was very pleased indeed to have the opportunity.
▪ We are very pleased to see the administration proposal.
▪ I did not think Martha was very pleased with the arrangement.
▪ But he could not have been very pleased with it.
▪ And I am very pleased she is kind to my poor Rosa - very pleased indeed.
▪ Most organizations have been very pleased with the practical results of their programs, and with the typically very positive employee responses.
▪ I was very pleased with him.
▪ We are very pleased that these students chose Howard University.
■ NOUN
desire
▪ It was that, blended with a kind of unconvincing desire to please which made people nervous of him.
▪ They felt like giants of desire, pleased happy monsters digging into pay dirt.
▪ I could sense their warmth and desire to please but I didn't know how to respond.
▪ Only unhappiness is gained by acting in accordance with duty, or obligation, or guilt, or the desire to please others.
▪ Our desire to please them will take precedence over our own needs, and our self-possession will be compromised.
▪ William and Joe and their entire consignment of cod vanished in the desire to please Araminta.
▪ This wish is merely repressed, not abolished, by the desire to please the parents by obeying their prohibition.
▪ Even allowing for a desire to please his audience, sentiments of that sort sound better news than warnings of confrontation.
eye
▪ No need to impart a message, no need to please the eye of the masses, no need to conform.
▪ The knack of outline planting is to arrange a selection of these shapes in groups that are pleasing to the eye.
▪ Quite apart from that, we want to see beautiful people that are pleasing to the eye.
▪ Many modern offerings are hard put to please the eye quite so much.
▪ The inside of the church is friendly and pleasing to the eye.
result
▪ Apart from mud sticking everywhere we were quite pleased with the final result.
▪ Morales was pleased with the poll results.
▪ Headteachers could be as secretive as they pleased, concealing their results and disguising their problems.
▪ Vineyards like Napa Ridge like the idea of using low impact, natural pest control and are pleased with the preliminary results.
▪ Employees and supervisors are pleased with the results from the new conveyor system.
▪ However, research teams are so pleased with the results of science experiments that they asked managers for a new two-day extension.
▪ The architects of the system say they are generally pleased with the results so far.
▪ Most organizations have been very pleased with the practical results of their programs, and with the typically very positive employee responses.
■ VERB
do
▪ The client pays the bar to take her off, to do what he pleases.
▪ He is crazy about me, he says; he would do anything to please me.
▪ He was going to do as he pleased.
▪ She would do as she pleased, I knew, and I would watch the tide rise.
▪ She loves the Poet, and will do anything to please him, including turning tricks for a variety of kinky characters.
▪ She knew that as long as she was discreet, she could do as she pleased.
feel
▪ I also felt a need to please people, whatever the cost.
▪ And I felt both pleased and powerful for being in a position to remind him and tell him no.
▪ This made me feel rather pleased with myself.
▪ She hadn't felt so pleased by anything in a long time.
▪ When it was over, Rice felt pleased with the outcome.
▪ We feel very pleased that the crown weren't able to prove the charge of criminal damage.
▪ For instance, when we rise up in the morning, and it is a fine day, we feel pleased.
seem
▪ Jansher seemed pleased to be showing me his roots.
▪ Then he looked down, seemed pleased with himself, unembarrassed.
▪ This time it seemed to please him.
▪ He seemed anxious to please, but not in an unctuous way.
▪ Somehow, they remained different and seemed rather pleased by that.
▪ Adrian Garvey and Mark Andrews seemed particularly pleased to have their names read out.
▪ He seems pleased when I say this.
try
▪ He's trying too hard to please and it's not a nice sight.
▪ I try and try to please everyone, but nobody likes me.
▪ I'd already given up trying to please my father.
▪ Others may simply have tried to please.
▪ Therefore just as the employee tries to please the boss, the boss will try to please the employee.
▪ There are always smiles, no problems in their lives and they spend their time trying to please others.
want
▪ It was so frustrating because I wanted to please our customers, but! was constantly having to say no.
▪ The passive-aggressive child wants to please, but angry feelings push up to the surface in maladaptive ways.
▪ They must also want to please each other and help each other to find fulfilment, as well as looking for personal satisfaction.
▪ In addition, they may be timid in expressing their anger-they seem always to want to please.
▪ Sophie basically wants to please and is quite informative.
▪ She was the person he wanted to please, and she was not pleased.
▪ After all, he obviously wanted it of her, and she wanted to please him.
▪ I want to please you - most of us like to be popular and enjoy pleasing other people.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(I'm) pleased to meet you
▪ A forty-year-old actor with great presence warmly shakes William's hand Male lead Pleased to meet you.
▪ However, Mrs Singh was pleased to meet her and generally liked all the teachers and what she saw.
▪ I am so pleased to meet you.
▪ We would be very pleased to meet you and feel sure that we can offer you an interesting and worthwhile programme.
as pleased as Punch
as pleased as punch
▪ He's as pleased as punch about the baby.
▪ He had landed a contract as pleased as Punch, and I made a feast for his friends.
▪ He was a strong, healthy lad and as pleased as punch to be working with Dad.
be glad/delighted/pleased etc to see the back of sb/sth
be only too glad/pleased to do sth
▪ Cliff is only too pleased to prepare a celebratory meal for any special occasion.
▪ I was only too glad to help.
▪ If none is required, they will be only too pleased to tell you.
▪ She was only too glad to have even this talk bouncing against walls that had become a tomb.
▪ The governments were only too pleased to oblige.
▪ The Library would be only too pleased to explore further suggestions along similar lines. 13.4.
▪ They know the way that the wind is blowing, and would be only too pleased to be redeployed into another trade.
▪ We would be only too pleased to provide information on the Association.
couldn't be better/worse/more pleased etc
next (please)
▪ His freestyle looked soft and gentle next to all the churning power strokers.
▪ If you do this for the next ten years you will have achieved 360 of your goals.
▪ It is definitely suited to family skiing as is Valmorel, the next resort we visited.
▪ Once off you walk over the mountains to the next town, and over again to another.
▪ Other works of reference are discussed in the next section.
▪ Our next bulletin is at 10.30 p.m.
▪ The next sweeps period is even worse.
pleased to help/assist
▪ If you do not understand the details enclosed please contact the Finance Department where the staff will be pleased to assist.
▪ NatWest understands your needs and is pleased to help.
▪ Our group bookings specialists are always pleased to assist the discerning traveller who requires quality, service and value second to none.
▪ There will always be some one who will be only too pleased to help.
▪ They will be pleased to help and advise you.
▪ They will be pleased to help and so will the suppliers listed, including, of course, myself.
▪ They will be pleased to help you with specific questions and will give you as much general information as they can.
▪ Whatever the size of your kitchen, our talented designers will be pleased to help you plan it.
pleased with yourself
▪ After deceiving us all like that, she went away, no doubt very pleased with herself.
▪ I had made a big profit on the deal and was feeling inordinately pleased with myself.
▪ Selina looks awfully pleased with herself.
▪ Feeling pleased with herself, Loretta went back to her office.
▪ He hurried out exceedingly pleased with himself and enjoying the prospect of what promised to be a very good wrestling match.
▪ He just patted his pocket and grinned, looking awfully smug and pleased with himself.
▪ Robert the next day seemed urbane, sure of himself, even, she thought, pleased with himself.
▪ She was pleased with herself and her own calm style.
▪ Then he looked down, seemed pleased with himself, unembarrassed.
▪ This made me feel rather pleased with myself.
▪ You are pleased with yourself for venturing, testing your mettle.
surprised/angry/pleased etc isn't the word for it
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Choose room colors to please yourself, not your friends.
▪ I only got married to please my parents.
▪ I think he tries a little too hard to please.
▪ Most young children are eager to please their teachers.
▪ Sam is always doing little things to please her, but she hardly even notices.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Can not afford national advertising, so relies on verbal testimonials to expand business, so eager to please.
▪ I think we have the right to move about as we please.
▪ I was pleased because this is a perfect text for a pentecostal sermon: it predicts the New Jerusalem.
▪ I was pleased he hadn't seen the note or the tears that I left behind on my Granny's face.
▪ I was pleased that they selected these people.
▪ Serious snowboarders will be pleased to discover most aspects of the sport have been covered.
▪ They felt this would impart a pleasing curvature to an otherwise rectangular building.
▪ Unfortunately, it's impossible to please everyone, all of the time, at the same time, but I tried.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Please

Please \Please\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.] [OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare to reconcile. Cf. Complacent, Placable, Placid, Plea, Plead, Pleasure.]

  1. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.

    I pray to God that it may plesen you.
    --Chaucer.

    What next I bring shall please thee, be assured.
    --Milton.

  2. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.

    Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he.
    --Ps. cxxxv. 6.

    A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech.
    --J. Edwards.

  3. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally. ``It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.''
    --Col. i. 19.

    To-morrow, may it please you.
    --Shak.

    To be pleased in or To be pleased with, to have complacency in; to take pleasure in.

    To be pleased to do a thing, to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it.
    --Dryden.

Please

Please \Please\, v. i.

  1. To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.

    What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more.
    --Milton.

    For we that live to please, must please to live.
    --Johnson.

  2. To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent.

    Heavenly stranger, please to taste These bounties.
    --Milton.

    That he would please 8give me my liberty.
    --Swift.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
please

early 14c., "to be agreeable," from Old French plaisir "to please, give pleasure to, satisfy" (11c., Modern French plaire, the form of which is perhaps due to analogy of faire), from Latin placere "to be acceptable, be liked, be approved," related to placare "to soothe, quiet" (source of Spanish placer, Italian piacere), possibly from PIE *plak-e- "to be calm," via notion of still water, etc., from root *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).\n

\nMeaning "to delight" in English is from late 14c. Inverted use for "to be pleased" is from c.1500, first in Scottish, and paralleling the evolution of synonymous like (v.). Intransitive sense (do as you please) first recorded c.1500; imperative use (please do this), first recorded 1620s, was probably a shortening of if it please (you) (late 14c.). Related: Pleased; pleasing; pleasingly.\n

\nVerbs for "please" supply the stereotype polite word ("Please come in," short for may it please you to ...) in many languages (French, Italian), "But more widespread is the use of the first singular of a verb for 'ask, request' " [Buck, who cites German bitte, Polish proszę, etc.]. Spanish favor is short for hace el favor "do the favor." Danish has in this sense vær saa god, literally "be so good."

Wiktionary
please

Etymology 1 alt. (label en transitive) To make happy or satisfy; to give pleasure to. vb. (label en transitive) To make happy or satisfy; to give pleasure to. Etymology 2

adv. 1 (non-gloss definition lang=en Used to make a polite request.) 2 (non-gloss definition lang=en Used as an affirmative to an offer.) 3 (non-gloss definition lang=en An expression of annoyance or impatience.) alt. 1 (non-gloss definition lang=en Used to make a polite request.) 2 (non-gloss definition lang=en Used as an affirmative to an offer.) 3 (non-gloss definition lang=en An expression of annoyance or impatience.) Etymology 3

adv. (context lang=en regional Cincinnati) (non-gloss definition lang=en Said as a request to repeat information.) [http://www.daredictionary.com/view/dare/ID_00044218]

WordNet
please

adv. used in polite request; "please pay attention"

please
  1. v. give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation" [syn: delight] [ant: displease]

  2. be the will of or have the will (to); "he could do many things if he pleased"

  3. give satisfaction; "The waiters around her aim to please"

Wikipedia
Please (Pet Shop Boys album)

Please is the first album by English electronic music group Pet Shop Boys, released in 1986. According to the duo, the album's title was chosen so that people had to go into a record shop and say "Can I have the Pet Shop Boys album, 'Please'?". The album has sold around 3 million copies worldwide to date.

Hits from Please include " West End Girls", " Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)", " Suburbia", and " Love Comes Quickly". "West End Girls" was a hit in both the UK and the United States.

Please

Please is a polite expression of request.

Other meanings of please include:

  • To "please", as a verb, means to give gratification or pleasure
  • "Pleasing" means finding an object or person aesthetically appealing or attractive

Please may also refer to:

Please (Matt Nathanson album)

Please is the debut album by Matt Nathanson, released in July 1993 on Acrobat Records.

Please (The Kinleys song)

"Please" is the title of a debut song written by Tony Haselden, and recorded by American country music duo The Kinleys. It was released in July 1997 as the first single from their debut album Just Between You and Me. The song reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and #67 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Later in the year, Epic also released an acoustic version of the song.

Please (Robin Gibb song)

"Please" is a single released by Robin Gibb in 2003. The song was written by Michael Graves and Errol Reid. It was released on the album Magnet in 2002, and later it was released as a single only in Germany, New Zealand, and in the UK. The song was edited to 3:59 for its single version.

Please (U2 song)

"Please" is the eleventh song from U2's 1997 album, Pop. It was released as the album's fourth single on 20 October 1997.

As with " Sunday Bloody Sunday", the song is about The Troubles in Northern Ireland. The single cover for this song features the pictures of four Northern Irish politicians — Gerry Adams, David Trimble, Ian Paisley, and John Hume (clockwise from top left).

Two months before the release of the single, live versions of "Please" and three other songs from the PopMart Tour were released on the Please: PopHeart Live EP in September 1997.

Please (Toni Braxton song)

"Please" is a song by American recording artist Toni Braxton from her fifth studio album, Libra. It was written by Scott Storch, Makeba Riddick, Vincent Herbert, and Kameron Houff and produced by Storch.

The track was released as the album's lead single to US rhythmic and urban AC radio formats on May 30, 2005. While "Please" reached number thirty-six on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but instead reached number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, making it one of the lowest-charting singles of Braxton's career. "Please" was the only single from Libra for which a music video was shot, directed by Chris Robinson.

Please (You Got That ...)

"Please (You Got That ...)" is the second single from the 1993 album Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, by Australian rock band INXS. The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence and featured guest vocals from legendary American R&B Artist Ray Charles.

When Ray Charles arrived to sing his part, Hutchence was there in the studio to teach him how to produce the Hutchencesque vocal style. "Mr. Charles," Michael respectfully addressed him, "... it (the melody) goes like this ... (Michael sings the line and Ray Charles attempts to imitate it). After many attempts Charles says, "Sir (Michael), I know I will eventually get it right" ... and of course he did.

Please (Pam Tillis song)

"Please" is a song recorded by American country music artist Pam Tillis. It was released in December 2000 as the first single from the album Thunder & Roses. The song reached #22 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song was written by Jeffrey Steele, Michael Dulaney and John Hobbs.

Please (film)

Please is a 1933 short musical comedy film directed and produced by Arvid E. Gillstrom. It stars Bing Crosby as himself along with Vernon Dent and Mary Kornman.

Usage examples of "please".

But so please you I will not abide till then, but will kneel to him and to his Lady and Queen here and now.

But please remember that, as a guest aboard our ship, we expect better manners.

The mistress of the house was fond of ready-made phrases, and she adopted this one, about Julien, very pleased at having invited an academician to dine with them.

Miraculously unbroken despite the changes in acceleration, its weight was impossible to guess in the microgravity of the ship, but its mass was pleasing.

Take a seat, and tell me what there is to prevent you, when, in accepting my offer, you are sure to please M.

Please be aware that these principles are an absolutely essential foundation for understanding the rest of this book, for using the tools of Kabbalah that it presents, and for achieving the connection with the Light that is our true purpose in life.

Will you suffer me therefore to beg, unless any consideration restrains you, that you would be pleased to acquaint me what motives have induced you thus to withdraw from the society of mankind, and to betake yourself to a course of life to which it sufficiently appears you were not born?

I was still more pleased at the chance which had made me acquainted with Martinelli, whom I had known by repute for six years.

I was pleased with the columbine, and felt a strong desire to be acquainted with her.

Western: nor did that good lady depart without leaving some wholesome admonitions with her brother, on the dreadful effects of his passion, or, as she pleased to call it, madness.

And now, my friend, having given you these few admonitions, we will, if you please, once more set forward with our history.

Oh, forgive me, for I see the pained expression on your face, so please forgive this over enthusiastic adolescent for his clumsy way of saying what he feels.

I knew that, though our father made a show of affability, he was far from pleased.

I found a solitary boy of about seventeen in charge, and was pleased to note the brightness and affability which promised cheerful information.

Thenceforward they may fight as it pleases them, ahorse, or afoot, with lance, with sword, or with dagger, but to the vanquished no mercy will be shown.